Crazyhouse Discourse and Puzzles

By National Master Evan Rabin The last few days I played lots of crazyhouse on www.lichess.org. Since I was seven-years old, I have enjoyed playing bughouse, where two players team up and every time one teammate captures a piece, he gets to give it to his partner, who can place it anywhere on the board, …

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Don’t Push the Cart in Front of the Horse

By National Master Evan Rabin YesterdayI substituted for a class with 12 kids, all beginners. I asked what they learned last week and a few of them said opening principles, e.g, developing their pieces. I then set up this simple position: 4 I said it is black to move and asked what this position was, …

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Three Lessons from a Friend’s Wedding in Cyprus

By National Master Evan Rabin Earlier this month I travelled to Cyprus to attend the wedding of one of my good friends and business partners. As I celebrated the wedding, consorted with friends and adventured there and in Israel, I learned three important lessons- to not care and results will come, just have fun, and go. …

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Six Years, Months and Days

By CEO National Master Evan Rabin “6-6-6” is not always unlucky contrary to popular belief. It is important to celebrate milestones as every we publish gratitude posts for every 100 additional Facebook likes. If one avoids artificial barriers, he can accomplish a lot. Six Years ago, I left corporate America to cofound Pillar Sales and teach …

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How to Structure a 1-Hour Class

By National Master Evan Rabin Our classes will range from 60-minutes to 180-minutes long as they are highly customizable, based on clients‘ interests. For a 1 hour class , here is a sample class structure: Concept of the day – 10 Min Reinforcing puzzles – 10 Min Game play, review with instructor – 20 Min …

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How to Structure a 1-Hour Class

By National Master Evan Rabin Our classes will range from 60-minutes to 180-minutes long as they are highly customizable, based on clients‘ interests. For a 1 hour class , here is a sample class structure: Concept of the day – 10 Min Reinforcing puzzles – 10 Min Game play, review with instructor – 20 Min …

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Book Launch: Chess for Kids

By Jennifer Kemmeter, Author My puzzle-based chess workbook CHESS FOR KIDS was published by Hachette Book Group in July 2022. The fundamentals of chess are presented in an image-based, step-by-step format to make the game easy and accessible for 7-12 year olds. structure. Each page is a mini-lesson including two worked examples. The student is …

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Magnus Carlson’s Defense for 2023 FIDE

By Haoyuan Mo, 2022 Intern What happens next? With the conclusion of the Fide candidate’s chess tournament on July 7th, the event’s champion Ian Nepomniachtchi gets the opportunity to challenge Magnus Carlsen to a dual at the next world chess championship in 2023. This upcoming event has a lot of attention as Nepomniachtchi is not …

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Transitioning from Online Play to Over the Board Play

By CEO National Master Evan Rabin When I was interviewing Carsten Hansen for our 198th podcast episode, a Twitch fan asked for advice regarding the transition from online play to over-the-board play. With Queen’s Gambit and the COVID-19 global pandemic, thousands of players have played lots of games online but never …

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